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toxic discovery the syrian military allegedly finds a rebel lab meant to produce and store chemical substances those reports coming from syrian state television. a criminal probe for an ex-president egypt's former leader investigated for allegedly spying killing and wrecking the economy even as his backers continue to protest for his return. fugitive n.s.a. leaker edward snowden russia for asylum as he struggles to put an end is legal limbo in a moscow airport transit zone sparking american air rage toward the kremlin. u.s. justice department says it will review the controversial verdict that could that set free george zimmerman who shot dead an african-american teenager with racial anger growing across the u.s. .
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two am in moscow i met treasure being you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news syrian state t.v. says the army has found a chemical laboratory where rebel forces were making poisonous materials military sources claim the substances were meant to be packed into mortars and used to attack government forces in damascus our middle east correspondent paula sleeper has the details. the syrian army has found chemical materials in the town of jobar which is on the outskirts of the capital city of damascus initial reports said that the syrian army seized a factory that was occupied by a group of foreign backed militants and that chemical materials were found inside their factory now we do see canisters we do see white packages that they have uncovered and it does seem as if they were producing chemicals in the laboratory it
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says poison chemical substances made in saudi arabia so we do see that the factories are also involved we're also receiving reports of the rebels were planning to stop artillery shells with the chemical weapons that they were producing here and use them to attack damascus this comes on the same day as heavy clashes supported near the capital on sunday on the seventh of july armed rebels were found in possession of some two hundred eighty barrels of chemical substances at the time the syrian ambassador to the united nations said that the quantity found was enough to destroy a whole city if not the entire country the use of chemical weapons has always been a red line for washington and its allies they have always constantly pointed fingers at the syrian government and accused it of using chemical weapons saying that if the if there wasn't a head this would be the red line that they would not tolerate but back in march there was an attack in aleppo the second largest city in damascus and it was later
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found that the deadly sarin nerve gas had been used in that attack moscow conducted its own investigation and concluded that the syrian rebels were actually to blame for the use of the gas and russia gave samples and documents relating to those to the united nations last week russia's united nations ambassador said that wisdom claims appear to be aimed at undermining investigations into the chemical attack he said this when he explained the findings the results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in common assault was not industrially manufactured and was filled with saddam. but the sudden technical specifications proved that it was not invested in manufacturing either the projectile involved is not as standard one for chemical use therefore there is evidence you seem to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons so it's very important to make the point that the united states claims that it regina
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is using chemical weapons that these planes are without any kind of proof and of course the whole argument of the use of chemical weapons remains a hot potato but without that kind of proof the u.s. and its western allies are going to have a hard time proving anything that they came. here while anonymous u.s. officials claim israel attacked syria's port city of latakia ten days ago the strike allegedly targeted a russian made antiship missile battery that syria got two years ago israel's prime minister refused to confirm or deny his country's involvement saying he won't allow weapons though to reach hezbollah militants in lebanon it would be the fourth unconfirmed israeli strike on syria within the last few months let's take a look back at some of those air raids and military compound just outside damascus was bombed from the air on january thirty first a second similar operation reportedly happened may third rockets striking a warehouse at damascus international airport allegedly containing surface to air missiles just two days later
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a massive blast were described as earthquake like shaking the same military base that was target back in january on all occasions the attacks were justified as operations to wipe out iranian missiles bound for hezbollah for hezbollah i mean oren senior correspondent at israel's haaretz newspaper told my colleague rory sushi this month's reported raid had the same intention. israel's defensive agenda of not clashing with syria but when a terrorist organization such as well are tries to get its hands on such a sophisticated missiles we have no current confirmation of direct hezbollah involvement we also know that these russian weapons were actually sold to syria more than two years ago now if indeed israel is involved in these airstrikes what's tell of eve's motivation here israel does not go out and preempt syrian missiles and it does so only when syria seems to be on the verge of transporting transferring those missiles to hezbollah so rather than wait until these missiles
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reach beirut or side of israel probably decided to preempt and hit the suburbs. egyptian prosecutors investigating the country's ousted president mohamed morsi for allegedly spying killing protesters and ruining egypt's economy he was deposed by the military early last week and prosecutors now cracking down heavily on members of his muslim brotherhood party artie's bell true. has more from cairo egypt prosecuted general this is from judicial sources has actually frozen the assets of fourteen leading is the most figures who are behind mohamed morsi this comes you know off of course the reports all the rest so many of the lead is of course off to these recent reports all of the charges laid against the president himself meanwhile the most of brotherhood for their part maintains they will steadfast that they want president the former president morsi to come back and they will not move from the city in
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a mosque in central cairo and that the university is to cairo in till he is reinstated meanwhile was thinking that it can developments here in the interim government because a lot of appointments and i don't want to make significant ones is the vice president of foreign affairs and mohammed but it is a he is a leading opposition figure and once had what was the largest coalition of opposition forces the national salvation front another leading opponent is that the foreign head of. the former egyptian ambassador to the u.s. to be in fact me and he was a barack era ambassador and it is very well regarded in washington in america to these two appointments mohamed el baradei and the bill for me could be seen to be a knowledge towards the west as they both have very good relations with america meanwhile america for their part have announced that they will have an envoy coming to you. to egypt the first. to come from america to egypt since the ouster of mohamed morsi this is reportedly to be
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a leading member of the state department bill burns he is due to come in the coming coming months america is looking cautiously egypt at the moment they haven't announced the last two weeks. as a clue neither have they confirmed that it neither they confronted it isn't it's obviously very important to not definition because that would affect u.s. assistance to egypt you know america paid to be extending a hand out to the new interim government so we have yet to see what's going to happen with the people who had to turn in to support to deposed leader and whether that involves a clashes in the future and also to see how this interim government continues in the next few months this is a live video we're looking at here of pro morsi supporters gathered on the cairo streets calling for his reinstatement as president of the country the crowd is calling for his reinstatement and they're chanting slogans waving flags holding pictures of the ousted president mohamed morsi middle east commentator and blogger karl shero thinks the military's overthrow of the legitimate legitimately elected
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head of state has put democracy in jeopardy in egypt let's remember what their interest of the ministry here is it's not that continuation of a democratic rule you shouldn't the manager stepping in and effectively carrying out this school is to stop this threat of a genuine or popular uprising and that end of the day the muslim brotherhood was elected with people who not only who they where not only they won the presidential elections when they have of course from other political affiliations but they also want to parliamentary election people tend to forget that it's not which were constant on the parliament was also another that and. egypt should have given the chance to the resignation towards more democratic future and kind of how the process and for the muslim brotherhood to be kind of kicked out of office by distorting to the democratic process not military means. shelter from the storm
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fugitive n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden turns to russia for refugees here remain stranded in moscow's sheremetyevo airport for more than three weeks now we will get his asylum or. attempts and his quest to evade u.s. prosecution plus angry protests across the u.s. father controversial court decision to free george zimmerman who shot dead a black teenager trayvon martin in florida your stories and more after a short break stay with us. jack and now the significant amount of small arms into these already extremely volatile region of the porous border. what kind of implication could it have not only for syria but also for the rest of the region it's a power game i mean if the opposition gets more weapons which can really strategically hurt the government it could change to the equation very rapidly.
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you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so. you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear sees some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harkin it was a big picture. privacy has a better chance now then it has had for the past decade or so because now we have a lot of people who knows that there's a problem and how big it is. more than three weeks after arriving the world finally got sight of n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden this week when he surface from his hideout in
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a moscow airport transit zone he met human rights activists at sheremetyevo and asked them for their help in requesting temporary political asylum in russia artie's arena delusion go has been following the snowden saga. immigration officials say they have not received an official request from edward snowden regarding his political asylum in russia but that request has been filed on friday evening so perhaps due to the fact that it's the weekend in russia right now the people it simply hasn't hasn't been properly process just yet russia's conditions were that snowden has to stop his anti american. something which snowden promised he will no longer do three latin american countries said they're willing to take him on now he does not have any people want to travel with his american passport has been the knowledge he doesn't have any other people work he cannot even buy a ticket and he does need some something in order for him to move to another country so that is safe passage could be provided in that he's relying on russia snowden himself has explained the situation that he was living in during the
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meeting with human rights activists a little over one month ago a. family home in paradise and i lived in great comfort. i also had the capability without any warrant of law to search for see and read your communications anyone's communications at any time there is the power to change people's speeds it is also a serious violation of the war so finding himself in such circumstances it seems that what he was doing came into conflict with snowden's own personal believes and he has explained that in an interview to the guardian newspaper the interview that started it all the second part of it came out just very recently i increasingly was exposed to true information that had not been propagandized in the media. that we were actually involved in misleading the public and i was actually a victim that i grew up with the understanding that the world i lived in was one
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where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with them each other and the privacy without of being monitored without being measured or analyzed or or or sort of judged by these shadowy figures or systems so really the ball is in russia's court at this point and it's all up to moscow to decide whether or not to grant edward snowden a status of an aside and for how long they're willing to do that. u.s. officials defended the n.s.a. sweeping surveillance activities claiming it's an important tool in the war against terrorism but investigative journalist david lindorff says the government snooping is being done primarily for other purposes other than national security administration wants all that federal employees in all the agencies of the federal government to be become spies reporting on the people that work next to them in the next cubicle of the mixed up with it's not about national security it's about preventing. people from telling the truth about problems with government about
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corruption about failed policies and so on and it what it really is is the by many ministration has gone even beyond the nixon administration from the seventy's in its fear of leaks and its effort to control the story it strength to prevent the press from getting access to to people inside the government who will tell them to truth about what's going on so that all they get is public relations stand outs from the government and it's trying to prevent the government from being embarrassed you know we basically have moved away completely from a democratic system into a. top down. benevolent me to some extent dictatorship check out the latest revelations of the snowden saga on our website r t dot com including claims by a guardian journalist i think information n.s.a. leaker print possesses could become washington's quote worst nightmare if it were
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revealed. more news online including russia russia staging its largest military drills since the soviet times about one hundred sixty thousand servicemen a thousand tanks in one hundred thirty planes taking part in the war games the full story on our website. taking to the skies a canadian engineer creates the world's first human powered helicopter like an r.t. dot com to watch a video of the revolutionary machine fueled only by the pilots battling. the u.s. justice department says it will review the verdict that set former neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman free after a jury found him not guilty of murdering black teenager trayvon martin a controversial court decision has divided the country take a listen. and it will have a place called the united states of america. graham runs an. african-american because we.
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don't know the cause of the cuban demonstrators outside the florida courthouse chanted justice for trayvon and called for a nationwide protest over what they consider racial injustice overnight riots turned violent in oakland california where protesters burn flags and smashed police car windows has also happened in other u.s. cities including new york chicago and los angeles zimmerman face life in prison for shooting seventeen year old trayvon martin in february last year that he claims was done in self-defense the case that has led to a fierce debate across the country on issues of racism and gun control mark polite an author and columnist for time magazine joining me live now with some perspective on this thanks for joining us here on our so the justice department says it's going to review the court decision in this case is there some admission then on this part on their part that there was the prosecution say dropped the ball here or is this just an attempt by them to try and do some kind of damage control. i mean at. the most part it was like it is dems and so if we have an issue. that
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people feel like you can't be around the states to make a decision in the legal jurisdiction then to get into the dome and level. it may. i'm also have a. who's even if it will and something does go higher it doesn't become back any differently so i think it's like a company that tracks something so there is the possibility now that he could be charged with zimmerman could be charged with civil rights crimes do you think it's possible that he could be found guilty in terms of those charges i mean this is slight possibility but. again i hate to sound cynical but considering how this child playing so much in the developments in past years. i mean they may have one case with some child with even
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a list of those are you still who certain things you said to prove intent to certain extent so. i don't know how how well that's going to come so i mean i mean i could still hope for the best but in sussex something different then i don't expect anything much different than we experienced yesterday with the actual birth and so you've been following the case interest are you saying what was basically the upshot here did the prosecution drop the ball devane not make their case to the defense too particularly good job why did it turn out the way it did. i mean i wish i could answer that you know definitely i just feel like the prosecution was really weak. i don't think they made it through those pesky. and and i'm just going to say it is to i think the jury's issues like you had a very non diverse jury and i think that played
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a role when you're dealing with such a issue of racial intent a recent sensitivities that does play a role unfortunately whether we like a minute or not so back that you know it was no it was no man there were no no no black people on the jury i think that played a great role in season as well though it was interesting though that zimmerman himself was hispanic and the victim in this case martin was black. so what what does that tell you about about the state of the trial basically then i mean you do have what are two minorities here that needs to think about. that well soon you know that he can't since he is a person he can't have those those kind of has this was like you know this. because if you look at. at the structure of american racism is structured in such a way that anybody anybody who is who is not on my campus it and you can you know
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your nation so we're like. you know from anywhere twenty sions was black americans from arab americans so it's not just a binary nature of black and white for the most part i. can get on as well and we've seen that before. so many issues to bring up here but unfortunately so little time but thank you for your time are polite author and time magazine columnist. thank you and. belfast rocked by the way by a wave of clashes this weekend as the annual pro british parade there turned violent hundreds of additional officers deployed from across the u.k. dozens injured more than thirty arrests made trouble was sparked when protestant marchers found their traditional route shortened to keep it from passing through a sectarian flashpoint or to sarraf earth has more from northern ireland.
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a tinderbox of tensions once again ignited police on the front line feeling the heat at belfast's most recent riots or the thousand police officers from across the u.k. drafted in to assist northern ireland's police force angus surrounding the july twelfth parades spilling over into a second night rising the scene of the disturbance once again focused here in the loyalist wood felled wait more than a stone's throw away from the republican arguing districts police it in force the controversial ruling from the parades commission that the much could not pass the arduin shops on its return rate sparking the latest on rest but was the first night's riots who waged by loyalists to taking part in the parade these rioters the younger and smaller number seems like these actually the flare up with the decision to restrict the flying of the union flag us winter but then protests occurred
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almost daily and the cost of policing these raw is estimated to run into the tens of millions of pounds these riots taking place in a loyalist streets riot is waging this fight. steps i mean having children is so what do you want to see happen for younger people yeah i want all that stuff legal but i want to live i don't want. to live. that's obviously. never something. i need a round of both the party tools to seem to be housing. that by and i can fit them out straight to. the questions many will want to see addressed the surrounding cultural expression the flags great still some of the most implement she is she's tweeting the other night and put student and catholic community school bus below the surface that will deny this peace plan and it's clear to me that the sectarian divisions were made in some big questions that now need to be given the events
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everything they can that is going to make the upcoming cold. headed by members of the international community the crease feel. the. turnout of some other stories making international headlines a string of deadly blasts in mainly shiite areas of iraq on sunday has now claimed the lives of thirty eight most recent attacks shook the city of basra eight people were killed there this after a series of bombings and shootings across the country over the last week including assaults in kirkuk that left more than fifty dead the death toll has now surpassed three hundred in the month of july. a blast wanted for police outside a shiite village in bahrain i made a growing on arrest in the kingdom earlier this month a police officer was killed and three others injured in separate explosions violent clashes with security forces in the oil rich nation have left more than eighty dead and hundreds imprisoned since two thousand and eleven. worlds apart with sana boyko coming up after a short break stay with us here on r.t.
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. or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers to make themselves feel better. who cares if stores are empty and this piece of paper i have one hundred thousand tons of potatoes that is good enough for me well now we are in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans a sense of the government is out there to buy likes oh what a fantastic use of tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it
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worked and really helped spread the message of the us state department effectively when the specter general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but if you hard core fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for a rainy and which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by providing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting our tax dollars but that's just my opinion.
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hundreds if not thousands of that's happening breaking down conflict resolution and he's building one that taught us down the subject universities all over the world but there are lessons of people complexity for god with every work international community often ally down the spread of planets. sometimes ating you want to discuss the subject have now joined by fred tanner the director of the geneva center for security policy thank you very much for your time sir now when i was a student at one of them merican universities i took many courses on the external and internal dynamics of war and of course i never expected to utilize this knowledge but these days you can pretty much cover international politics without
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covering war so i wonder with so much knowledge and it could demick expertise on this issue why is it that violence is sparked so easily and sustained for so long. i think clearly it is a distinction between theory and praxis we all know intellectually that. of war spat use of force and spat civilians will be victims but then of course to apply the concepts of peace theory of war terminates isa completely different story because you find those so why is it they're completely different story if we know how bad the war really nice for the civilians i guess some might argue that it is precisely because we know the dynamics of war so well that well some countries would resort to using war as a policy tool exactly i think we find ourselves into the real politic
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politics where interests of states or such they they may lead to to go beyond the threshold see the problem with with series of international relations is that. there's a term acceptance that conflict is not bad we have conflicts every day being that home at work but the we want to avoid conflicts turns why but of course i think that that perception conflict. you know aware that while it is on a permanent member of countries because people on the receiving end of those policies sydney don't think that conflict is ok yes i think of course one theory is. democratic peace which actually has been found by a terminal also for the money to come.
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